Pete Angilello – May 2020 Client Spotlight

                                        JIMMY AND PETE

When did you start training at Pro Fitness?

I started training with Lisa in May 2019 and then when Lisa retired at the end of 2019, I began training with Chrystal.

Why did you decide to begin working with a Trainer?

I began working with a trainer more for mental health, rather than for physical health, reasons. My husband of 35 years took his life after a major depressive episode. I was also diagnosed with cancer the same month. After dealing with the initial fallout over all of that, I needed to feel that I had some control over something in my life and my body was really all that I felt I had. I started doing more meditation and yoga, but needed something more active to feel a physical change in my body. As the physical changes started happening, they began to mirror the changes of my attitude and outlook as well and I was able to move more forward in my emotional life. Plus, I needed to laugh more, so I needed trainers that could provide not only a great workout, but also had a sense of humor and to keep everything, including exercise, in perspective.

What were your initial goals when you started?

Honestly, I didn’t have any specific goals. I just wanted to feel a connection with my body again. When you are dealing with a loved one with a mental health challenge, being a caregiver can really take a toll on you, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

How has the changes you’ve made impacted your lifestyle?

I have always had Garfield the Cat’s attitude toward exercise which is, “I might as well exercise. I’m in a bad mood anyway!” Exercise was not necessarily anything I enjoyed doing when I was younger because I was overweight and I was teased about not being good at sports. As I’ve come to integrate physical activity into my life, I’ve rethought my attitude toward “exercise” and participate in it more naturally like walking, biking, yoga and dancing.

Going forward, what are your new goals?

To not lose sight of what your body and exercise can do for your spirit.

Any extra thoughts you would like us to add:

I enjoy the family atmosphere at Pro-Fitness. Everyone knows my name and is so very encouraging. You don’t always get that feeling in larger gym environments.





Dr. Craig Janssen & Mary Kenneke, April 2020 Client Spotlight

Craig & Mary joined Pro Fitness in 2011, personal training twice a week with a few exceptions.

From Dr. Janssen:

A trainer pushes you way beyond what you would do on your own. Designated appointments ensure that there are not excuses for not making it to the gym. A trainer observes and corrects exercises that you may be doing incorrectly and or make adjustments. Quitting is not an option. The session is also made enjoyable with health-related discussion and humor.

Our goals were to stay healthy and be able to work and play without the chronic pain issues that the majority of Americans suffer from. Being in your 60’s and beyond watching life from the couch and moving slowly does not look very exciting. There are too many opportunities in life to enjoy and you need your health to be able to do things. Exercise, good nutrition and proper sleep make the above an almost certain reality. What you proactively do to care for yourself determines your destiny. Genetics play a 20% role and we play an 80% role in our health.

With the regular training routine, we work 50+ hours in our dental practice weekly and do an array of outdoor activities at our country home. We have a huge garden over 50 fruit trees, 15 beehives, 40 egg laying chickens, and two dogs. The dogs eat deer carcasses, passed away chickens, and 4 eggs each per day from our chickens. They are extremely healthy dogs who only see a vet for wellness checks. They are an example of what happens when you eat what nature intended you to eat. Maybe America should consider doing away with a highly processed diet full of sugar and preservatives.

Staying healthy is extremely important to us as we have professional and hobby interests we want to achieve and enjoy. We want to help spread and shape the holistic dental concept which emphasizes the importance of oral health and its relationship to general health. You will never be healthy if your mouth is in disarray. Over 95% of dental disease does not hurt and when it does, it is generally to late to save the tooth/teeth. We will continue working with Doug as it plays a vital role in our success.

A few extra thoughts:

  • Drink ½ of your weight in ounces of good water per day (not out of the tap since it contains chlorine and fluoride which are both poisons).
  • Avoid processed and sugar added foods and beverages.
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  • See your Pro Fitness trainer as exercise is extremely important if you desire to live a long high-quality life!

From Mary:

We felt it was very important to keep our bodies fit as our job is very taxing to our postures. Utilizing Pro Fitness and a personal trainer helps us to work on our weaknesses and improve on our posture and core muscles.

We have found that working out with Doug and the staff at ProFitness makes our job easier at work and at home. We keep an active life at home with gardening and raising and taking care of chickens and our 2 dogs. We have many projects going on at home and training has kept us prepared for whatever life deals us.  We also grow and raise most of our food, which allows us to have a better handle on what we are putting in our bodies.

Regular exercise along with eating right are very important to both of us.  We enjoy sharing our knowledge of nutrition, health, and physical exercise with family and friends so they don’t have to live with unnecessary health issues.

Beth VanBeek – March 2020 Client Spotlight

                    BETH VANBEEK

Beth started training at Pro Fitness two years ago after her sister-in-law, Lindsey, made a “come with me” request to join her for a class.  “I was looking for something new as a workout.  I am a class-type person and Lindsey convinced me to try Chrystal’s Core and More Class.  I am not a cardio person and when I was introduced to Chrystal’s class, it was right up my alley.  I was hooked after my first visit!”

Beth’s initial goals included maintaining her original weight loss and muscle tone in addition to learning new techniques and ways to improve her lifestyle. “I now run races with a group of girlfriends, something I never thought I would do.  I’m attending more cardio classes with Chrystal and others in the community.  I have an amazing workout family and feel great about the lifestyle changes I’ve made!”

Going forward Beth will work to keep her body toned, watch her weight, and improve her running skills.  “I don’t necessarily enjoy running but would like to get there someday.  I’m also working up the courage to take one of Doug’s classes.”

“Thanks to the amazing team and workout family at Pro Fitness.  I’ve gained better confidence in myself and a great group of new friends.”

Shelly Thomas – February Client Spotlight


I started training at Pro Fitness about two and a half years ago.  I met Chrystal at work and I started talking to her about personal training.  She encouraged me to try it out.  I was pretty intimidated at the thought of it, but she was so encouraging that I decided to give it a try.

I started working with Chrystal because I wanted to have workouts that were designed just for me.   I wanted someone to watch me exercise and correct my form or technique if need be.  My initial goals were to become healthier and increase my fitness level.

The training sessions have become a weekly routine for me.  I check in with Chrystal, and we talk about how my week went.  This helps motivate me and keep me on track for the upcoming week.  If I get off track, then Chrystal straightens me right out!!

Going forward, my goals are to strengthen my core, increase my aerobic capacity and improve my balance.  It would also be great to lose weight in the process!

I can’t say enough about the staff at Pro Fitness.  I adore Chrystal, even when she’s making me lunge my way around the gym!  She pushes me to do more than I would ever do on my own.  Steve is awesome!  He’s so friendly and I look forward to chatting with him every week.  Jason is always good for an entertaining story, and Doug always makes me feel welcome.  I love Pro Fitness!

Gary Ambrosius – Pre Holiday Meltdown Weight Loss Challenge Winner


To All My Pro Fitness Friends:

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone at Pro Fitness for all the encouragement and advice I received during the weight loss challenge. I could not have done it without all of you! You all kept me motivated and helped me “stay the course”.

I entered the first weight loss challenge with minimal success.  My BMI indicator always stated I was “overweight”.  My goal was to get it closer to the “normal” range.  I realized if this was going to happen I would need to make some major changes to my diet and exercise routine. That is  what motivated me to enter the weight loss challenge.

I decided that I needed to exercise at the minimum 6 days a week and at a minimum of 45 minutes to 1 hour a day.  I made a commitment to get in the gym at the Y on Saturday and Pro Fitness on Sunday mornings!

Doug was very instrumental in giving me advice regarding my diet. I transitioned from eliminating bread, chips/pretzels, pasta, soda, and sweets from my diet. He provided valuable advice as to how to prepare steamed vegetables, such as asparagus, broccoli, spinach, and Brussels sprouts. I use a lot of fresh vegetables, placing them in a zip & steam bag.  Doug also advised me to add a little butter in the bag. I knew I needed more protein and he stated the best cuts are turkey, salmon, tuna, and lean chicken. Chrystal Zank has also been a huge help in helping me “stay the course”.  She gave me a lot of valuable advice regarding gluten free foods and how to “treat” myself every so often.

I will be donating any monetary winning from this challenge to the Cerebral Palsy Center. My reason for doing this is twofold. First and foremost, after my accident, I was wheel chair bound for approximately 4-5 months. I could not place any weight on either leg. The CP Center allowed me to have water therapy in their pool. They would wheel me into their pool and I would float to the deep end with the help of floatation devices and therapists. I would also do non-weight bearing stretching and water jogging. With their help and over time I was able to walk up the ladder and out of the pool. I would not be where I am today without their help. That organization is my favorite charity!

The second reason is that I consider Pro Fitness my extended family. It is the encouragement, advice, and help from all of you that helped me get to where I am today. THANK YOU all, especially Doug, Chrystal, and Colleen.  Colleen also helped me when I was frustrated and feeling the weight loss was not going as planned. She would tell me “it is a journey, not a race”.  In closing, I hope to continue seeing everyone at the gym and if I can lend any advice please let me know.  I would love to share my journey with you all!  I would also share my personal mantra with everyone and that being “Breathe Gary”.

Thao Nguyen – December Client Spotlight

                                  THAO NGUYEN

In May, 2018, after deciding she needed motivation, Thao began personal training  with Lisa at Pro Fitness.  “Pro Fitness is only minutes from my house.  I saw it on a regular basis and thought I should check it out.”

Thao’s main goal at the start was to improve her cardio capabilities through a program of exercise and diet designed by Lisa.  “If my muscles got toned and I lost a little weight, that was okay, too.”

Thao has not only reached her initial goals, but her confidence level has increased at the gym.  “I want to continue to improve my cardio and get stronger.  I’ve also started to attend group classes where I’m meeting new friends.  Pro Fitness and its employees and members are such a great community.  I am so happy I met you all!”

Everybody knows James!

            JAMES COUNIHAN

Our clients have referred to Pro Fitness as the “Cheers” of gyms, a place where everybody knows your name.  If you’ve been to Pro Fitness during the last year or two, you’ve probably met James (or Jim), our November client spotlight.  James is one of our most dedicated members, visiting the gym several times a week and always willing to share a good story.

James started at Pro Fitness in July, 2017, transferring from Bellin wellness following open heart surgery.  “I have improved both physically and mentally over the last two years with the guidance of the staff at Pro Fitness.”  James is very generous, often donating office supplies and bringing treats for everyone to share at the gym.  Homegrown cherry tomatoes from his garden are a client favorite during summer!

James was also the first Pro Fitness client to enroll in SilverSneakers, a free program for those who qualify, encouraging older adults to participate in physical activities that will help them to maintain greater control of their health.  SilverSneakers sponsors activities and social events designed to keep seniors healthy while encouraging social interaction.

In closing, James has solid advice when asked what his future goals are…”To live each day one day at a time and enjoy life!” We truly enjoy having you as a client, James!

Training with Lisa helped Jodie make better decisions about food and diet.

                          JODIE OLEJNICZAK

Jodie started personal training at Pro Fitness after her husband surprised her with personal training sessions for her birthday.  “I wanted to get healthy and make exercise a part of my life.”

That was more than three years ago and the changes have not only made Jodie feel better about herself, but training with Lisa has helped her make better decisions about food and diet.

Moving forward Jodie’s goals include running more consistently and keeping her weekly appointments with Lisa.

“Pro Fitness has been wonderful.  Everybody is so friendly and helpful!  I always recommend Pro Fitness when somebody I know is interested in personal training.”

Diane completed the Inca Trail Marathon in Machu Picchu, Peru, this Summer!

                             DIANE CLEMENS

I started training with Doug at Pro Fitness because Laurie Walters and Sarah Stumpf had worked with him for years and recommended I join their group.

My initial goal at Pro Fitness was to add weight training to my daily cardio program. I am over 50 and want to maintain my muscle mass and current cardio lifestyle.  By adding a weight program into my weekly workout program, I have been able to continue doing lifestyle exercise (gardening, cutting wood, leaf raking, yard work) without any pain or injury.

This past July, a girlfriend from Colorado and I ran Machu Picchu.  This turned out to be an extremely tough 7 hours.  Both mental and physical effort was put forth.  Every detail had to be planned out including extreme temperature changes, overnight stay if we missed cutoff time, food, and water purification.  Once we started we were on our own and the quickest way off the mountain was to finish.  When asked why I did the hike, my only answer is because I was offered the opportunity.  The opportunity to spend time with a friend, working through life’s issues, creating new memories, and challenging ourselves physically.  The country is beautiful, the mountains are rugged, and the people are amazing.  I had the opportunity to see the most amazing country with rugged landscape and hardworking, happy people.

My next physical event is October, 2019.  I am hiking the Tennessee portion of the Appalachian Trail.  The Hike is 70+ miles through the Smokey Mountains.

Julie lost over 100 pounds during the past year!

                                      JULIE BIRR

Julie started training at Pro Fitness in March after a fellow client recommended Pro Fitness.  “My friend Dan has worked with Pro Fitness for years and he highly recommended the staff!  I was losing weight and needed to tone my body.  I needed the expertise of someone who knows how to target the areas I needed help with the most.”

Julie’s initial goal was toning but now includes strength training, cardio, and working on a balance of all of these. “My energy level has gone through the roof!  I have lost 110.2 pounds since August, 2018, and training at Pro Fitness has helped me gain muscle and keep losing weight.” Going forward, my goals include losing another 35 pounds and increasing muscle mass”.

Cindy is the best to work with.  She is encouraging, motivational, and supportive.  I couldn’t have made it this far without her.”